The Kruger National Park is one of South Africa's main landmarks and offers an exciting wilderness experience. The sight of elephant, lion, rhino, leopard, buffalo, etc. in their natural habitat is always a thrill. The park is the second largest in Southern Africa with a south to north span of more than 380 kilometres and has a vast selection of animal species. The evenings are particularly rewarding when you hear the sounds of Africa from the camps. We spend the first four days in and around the park , return to Johannesburg and fly to Port Elizabeth from where we spend the next four days touring through the famous Garden Route en-route to Cape Town.
Southern Circle Tours and Safaris offer you a "once in a lifetime" KRUGER NATIONAL PARK SAFARI. We present you with close encounters with the 'Big Five' amongst the rest of the KRUGER NATIONAL PARK SAFARI amazing wildlife.
Transport on this tour is in our luxury, air-conditioned micro-busses operated by your personal guide with an in-depth knowledge and experience of the area.
Accommodation offered are comfortable en-suite air-conditioned lodges and cottages with superb meals provided.
This makes our KRUGER NATIONAL PARK SAFARI the perfect choice.
This Kruger Safari 4 day tour is an exciting game viewing experience, exploring the wildlife of Africa.
The tour is taken at a leisurely pace and sightings of the Big 5 animals, lion, elephant, rhino, leopard and buffalo is possible. We will also travel the adjacent scenic Panorama Route, including the Blyde River Canyon, Gods Window and Pilgrims Rest, with an array of fascinating old style shops to explore.
This luxury 4 Day Kruger Safari is a must for any tourist with limited time interested in wildlife. Soaking up the lovely scenery and fresh air will rejuvenate the body and soul.
On this Kruger Park Safari, we view the Big 5 animals, Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino and Buffalo in their natural habitat, as well as a range of smaller animals and bird life.
This wilderness experience is a must, and the search, hunt, find and viewing the wildlife in their natural habitat is guaranteed to get you excited. Hearing the "Sounds of the Wildlife" from your camp at night is particularly rewarding.
This 5 Day Kruger park Safari also explores the Panorama Route and at a private lodge in the lesser known Entabeni Reserve in the Waterberg Mountains.
We also spent time in the Magoebaskloof Mountains, an area of immense beauty.
This tour offers 2 different treasures, the Kruger Park wildlife and the Northern South Africa - a must see!
This tour is a shortened version of the SCMD tour also following this route. It excludes the one private wildlife lodge, still incorporates the Kruger Park with it's amazing wildlife, Mpumalanga with mountains, valleys, waterfalls, pockets of primal forests, mangrove forests and sub-tropical vegetation, the Kingdom of Swaziland, one of only three sovereign Kingdoms left in Africa, and the diverse KwaZulu-Natal with habitats such as lakes, rivers, dune forests, beaches and mangrove forests.
This tour combines three of South Africa's finest safari areas, which is by far the best wild life and wilderness areas of South Africa, blended with the rugged beauty so synonymous with the African continent.
It incorporates the Kruger Park with it's amazing wildlife, Mpumalanga with mountains, valleys, waterfalls, pockets of primal forests, mangrove forests and sub-tropical vegetation, the Kingdom of Swaziland, one of only three sovereign Kingdoms left in Africa, and the diverse KwaZulu-Natal with habitats such as lakes, rivers, dune forests, beaches, mangrove forests.
In this package we combine the best wild life and wilderness areas with some of the beautiful scenery of South Africa - a world in one country!
The Garden Route runs parallel to the southernmost coastline of Africa and is famous for its unique diversity of lakes, mountains, golden beaches, cliffs and dense indigenous forests. Its extraordinary beauty complements the contrast of the adjacent semi-arid valley, called the Little Karoo.
This region in turn offers natural wonders such as the Cango Caves and its ideal habitat for ostrich farming makes it the ostrich Mecca of the world.
The tour also includes 4 days in Cape Town and a city and peninsula tour as well as an airport transfer on the last day.
This 12 day Vacation Package exploring the South African Wild Life combined with the natural beauty of the South African Coastline.
A MUST for anyone that wants to enjoy a comprehensive South African holiday experience. Some of the highlights of this 12 day tour are the Kruger National Park, Swaziland and Hluhluwe Game Reserves. We then travel the coastline from Durban to Cape Town.
We branch off for a visit to the Cango Caves near Oudtshoorn on the way. We will also experience the tranquil beauty of the Garden Route, and end in Cape Town. With our experienced and enthusiastic guide, you will see parts of South Africa seldom seen by the average tourist.
This package is in essence the ultimate in covering the most of South Africa!
We start off with the best wild life and wilderness areas, also blended with the rugged beauty so synonymous with the African continent.
It incorporates the areas in the diverse KwaZulu-Natal with habitats such as lakes, rivers, dune forests, beaches, mangrove forests and sub-tropical vegetation to the scenic mountains of Swaziland, and Mpumalanga mountains, valleys, waterfalls, and pockets of primal forests.
The famous Kruger National Park is included as well as the Drakensberg Mountains where they are at their highest in southern Africa - KwaZulu Natal! , Then we visit the rugged Wild Coast and the southern coastal section of South Africa called the Garden Route for it's beauty.
This tour promises to afford you a truly comprehensive view of our country!
At Southern Circle Tours & Safaris we offer a comprehensive array of guided tours and longer packages. From a countrywide network of scheduled tours with guaranteed departures, specialised group travel and tailor-made itinerary design, to your dream wedding package that will be the envy of your friends! We arrange your entire holiday from the time you arrive with us in Africa until you unfortunately have to return home.
Only 45 minutes from the famous "goldfields" of South Africa around Johannesburg, nestling in a peaceful rural valley, lies the invaluable and ancient "Cradle of Humankind" - a place where our ancestors once roamed.
Some of these ancestors of modern humans faced extinction many millions of years ago. Others became part of a long evolutionary journey to the present day. Today their fossilised remains hold many clues to our beginnings, and perhaps even a key to our future.
The ranger hands you a glass of champagne as you stand on the sandstone cliff and take in the sun setting over kilometres of sandveld as the shadows grow in the deep gorge below. You're not sure what you're celebrating, but being here seems reason enough. Lanner Gorge can only be visited if you're a guest at one of the two private lodges in die Makuleke Contract Park or on the Nyalaland Wilderness Trail. The gorge was named after the lanner falcons which nest in the cliffs here. There's also a resident population of peregrine falcons, the world's fastest bird.
The park was opened to visitors in 1927. A few cars visited that year and they all headed for Numbi Gate and Pretoriuskop, the first rest camp. Black-and-white prints in the reception give you an idea what a trip to the park used to be like: no luxuries, shops or petrol stations; in fact not much but cold water tanks and camp sites. Today you'll get a smile and free glass of chilled fruit juice at reception.
After riding Kruger's road network for a while and staring sideways into the bush looking for beasties, a desire starts growing to get out there into the wilderness. Near Pretoriuskop, there's a 4x4 trail that does just that. The Madlabantu (Man-eater) Trail circles the camp, using a combination of visitor roads and off-road paths, beginning at the Fayi Loop. For me, the highlights were the huge bushveld trees and looming granite whalebacks that seemed to attract kudus, buffaloes and perky klipspringers. The trail can be booked at Pretoriuskop reception.
There's nothing quite like the thrill of the first leopard sighting. Nocturnal, secretive and with a distaste for humans, leopards are the megatick encounter in Kruger. Mine was a big male snoozing on an outstretched limb of a large leadwood on the S28 just near Nhlambanyathi Hide. It was picture perfect but seemed disinclined to move. I watched and waited. Other drivers got bored and left. Then sky behind it darkened and the first spatters of rain hit the windscreen. The leopard sat up, clearly irritated, its ears flat. Then it picked its way along the branch and leapt down the tree.
Lake Panic bird hide near Skukuza provides secret views of a hippo- and croc-filled dam which is a magnet for birds of all stripes. Big raptors, herons, jacanas, thick-knees, kingfishers, ducks and many more inhabit the convenient dead leadwoods and thick surrounding bush, or dart around on the lily pads. Best sightings are early morning or sunset. One story is that Lake Panic got its name from a year in which the river feeding it flooded and threatened to break the wall. If it had, that would have been the end of the golf course and staff village.